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The ‘Doncaster Cup’: A George III Equestrian Trophy

Silver- Gilt
London, 1767
Maker’s Mark of Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp
Height: 46 cm, 18 in
Width: 39.37 cm, 15.5 in
Weight: 3628 gr, 128 oz
 

Provenance

The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer.
 

Description

All over decorated with finely cast grape vine motifs and mounted with scrolling grape vine handles, engraved to lip: "DONCASTER CUP, 1770/RANDOLPH MARRIOTT & ANTHONY WHARTON, ESQes. STEWARDS;" marked to side and flange of cover.

The Doncaster Cup was established in 1766, first at Cantley Common and, since 1776, at the Doncaster race course. The annual event is held in September of each year. At the time that this cup was won, in 1770, the race was four miles, though the distance today is just over two miles. Nevertheless, it is considered a long-distance course and is one of the three races that comprise the "Stayers' Triple Crown," a series of races for horses that excel at longer distances.
 

The ‘Doncaster Cup’: A George III Equestrian Trophy Reference: DT21.77.1